Claire Bowman’s career as a performing musician precipitated an uprootedness that has impacted much of her life. She and her twin sister form the acclaimed music duo, The Bowmans. They've toured extensively and recorded five albums. Painting serves as an antidote to a transient existence. In her figurative works, mundane interactions and ordinary objects are suffused with bold, immutable light. Her landscapes seek to preserve natural vistas despite the man-made structures that obstruct and encroach upon them. Bowman’s works have exhibited in New York, California, Switzerland, and Portugal, and she’s been selected for residencies in Tunisia, Switzerland, and Florida.
Nancy K. Fishman is a fiction writer pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State. She is working on a novel, Lakeview, set in 1961 in a home for unwed pregnant Jewish women on Staten Island. She graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in English with an Emphasis on Creative Writing. She has been a resident at Starry Night Retreat (NM), Wellstone Center in the Redwoods (CA), and Write On, Door County (WI). She was in the writers’ pool at Playground, 2015-2019; her short play, Pageant, was produced as part of Monday Night Playground at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Andrew Oh is a writer, filmmaker, and recently turned cartoonist from Timonium, Maryland. He moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Southern Methodist University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Arts. During that time, Andrew wrote and directed four short films and the feature film “The Book of Job.” The film premiered at the Texas Theatre and is currently in distribution. Andrew also self-publishes a weekly autobiographical comic series called Day and Age. Andrew’s film and comics work can be found on his website.
Lisa Eve Cheby’s poems and reviews may be found in journals such as The Rumpus, Entropy, The Citron Review, Tidal Basin Review, Ruminate, A cappella Zoo, and TAB: Journal of Poetry and Poetics, which nominated her poem for a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and in the anthologies Drawn to Marvel, The Burden of Light, and Coiled Serpent. Her chapbook, Love Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dancing Girl Press) was featured in The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed. Lisa holds an MFA from Antioch and an MLIS from SJSU.
Jen Wyrauch Edson received her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2007. She writes fiction and poetry. She has taught English, ESL, and Conversation and Culture classes with the Tustin Unified School District and at UCI for over two decades, and ran the Poetry Slam Team at Beckman High School for many years. She was a judge at the International Poetry Slam at Berkeley in 2004. Currently, Jen teaches GED and High School Diploma classes for adults at the Tustin Adult School. She enjoys supporting dog rescue and spending time with her husband and grandchildren in Dana Point California.
L.C. Bray is the owner/publisher of a popular community news website in Santa Barbara, CA. Her day, and often night, is devoted to the never-ending cycle of local news keeping her readers updated, informed, and entertained. She's contributed to other publications including Authentic Luxury Travel and LGBTQ-focused pieces for Curve Magazine and A Family Co. She's currently working on her debut creative nonfiction novel that focuses on uncovering family secrets, including her own. She lives in Santa Barbara with her wife and a small black cat, who technically belongs to the neighbor.
Lauren Eggert-Crowe is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently Bitches of the Drought, which was a finalist in the Sundress Publications 2016 Chapbook Competition. In 2016, Hoa Nguyen selected her poem as runner-up in Black Warrior Review's poetry contest. She has also been published in Gigantic Sequins, Tupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Sixth Finch, Hobart, and Puerto Del Sol, among many others. Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, The Millions, and L.A. Review of Books. She serves on the leadership team for Women Who Submit, an organization seeking to break barriers in publishing for women and non-binary writers.
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications). A former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee, she’s received residencies from Hedgebrook, Ragdale, National Parks Arts Foundation, and Poetry Foundation. She has work published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, [Pank], and American Poetry Review among others. Most recently her poem, "Battlegrounds" was featured at The Academy of American Poets, Poem-A-Day. She is director of Women Who Submit.
Tammy Harris is an artist at heart, only lacking a few credits towards an art major besides her master's in special education. She is a prolific writer, artist, and photographer. Her passion for using her expertise to help others led her to create a thriving blog called TammysTeachings.com. Tammy is authoring a book that will serve as a resource for parents and teachers throughout their journey of raising successful children. In addition, she offers online courses teaching parents to love the child they have rather than the one they imagined
Combining her science and engineering education with design practice and enterprise, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm has developed a unique sustainability curriculum for art and design students. At ArtCenter College of Design, Prof. Mumper-Drumm teaches, conducts research, and serves as the college’s Director of Sustainability Initiatives. Her academic classes and studio courses challenge designers to create sustainable product-service systems that improve environmental performance while considering social and economic impact. Her research interests include methodologies that incorporate life cycle thinking and lead to design innovation. Her art-making, as a typographer, letterpress printer, and visual and book artist, reflects her lifelong exploration of earthlings and earth systems.
Jade Rosina McCutcheon was born in Melbourne, Australia and now lives in Oregon, USA. Her poetry has been published in Australian poetry journals such as SCARP, ‘Leaves’ and ‘Wiradjuri’ as well as in an anthology 'Terra Incognita' (Bob Hill publishing 2019, Oregon). Her poem 'Fair Art' won second place in the Kay Snow Awards 2019 and 'Australian Bush Solstice' was awarded an honorable mention in the Kay Snow Awards 2017. Jade’s first chapbook, 'SMALL FEATHER’ was published by Finishing Line Press in October 2020. Jade holds a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.
Kristen Fogle has been the Executive Director of San Diego Writers, Ink, a literary writers hub, since 2013. She is a former magazine writer, playwright, performer, producer, director, and author. An instructor for over a decade, this past year she taught with the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, Liberty School San Diego, Wounded Warriors Project, ZACH Theater, the La Jolla Playhouse, Inked Voices, and for Writers, Ink. "Dare to Write..." her craft writing/prompt book came out in 2019. She has a M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing from San Diego State University.
Composer, conductor, pianist, bandleader, and performer - all of these are facets of Alia Kahn's musical passion. Alia is a social worker who has been a pianist since a very young age and has performed at festivals, recitals, and juries. Alia studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, led her own band "The Alia Band” and has composed and conducted film music. Alia is currently working in a duo act that will perform an eclectic mix of 70’s music and Broadway hits. She has come to Dorland to polish her classical and jazz piano and to do some songwriting.
Hayden Casey(@haydenmcasey13) is a writer, musician, and MFA candidate at Arizona State University. His fiction is forthcoming in Witness.
Angela Morales is the author of THE GIRLS IN MY TOWN, essay, and winner of the River Teeth Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Diamonstein Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays and other publications. She is working on a second collection and a memoir. Currently, she teaches English at Glendale College and lives in Pasadena, CA.
Cybele Garcia Kohel is a writer living and writing in Pasadena, California. Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Kohel writes poetry, fiction, and essays, in a loud voice from the margins. She is a mom, fierce dog lover, and a member of Women Who Submit Lit (Los Angeles Chapter). You can read her individual poems the Altadena Poetry Review (2017, 2018), New American Legends (2019), Screaming from the Silence Anthology (Vociferous Press, 2020), Women Who Submit anthology, Accolades (2020), and the Altadena Literary Review (2020). Her latest essay is Acknowledgement: On Race and Land, read it online at Cultural Weekly.
Sylvia Chavez writes across a variety of genres as a playwright, blogger, poet, fiction, and creative non-fiction writer. Her plays have been featured in the Teatro Frida Kahlo Theater 10-Minute Playwriting Festival (2013-2014) and at the Chicanas, Cholas, Y Chisme Theater Festival (2013-2019). Her most recent poetry appears in Las Lunas Locas, I Rite To Live anthology, and in The Words of Women (ITWOW) International anthology published by Yellow Chair Review. Sylvia is a 2016 VONA/Voices Poetry Fellow where she studied at the University of Miami under the faculty leadership of award-winning poet and playwright, John Murillo
Tesia Blackburn is an artist, author, and teacher in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has been a working artist for over 30 years. In 2014 her first book "Acrylic Painting with Passion" was published by Northlight Books. “It’s Only Painting” and It’s Only Painting - The Maker’s Book” were published in 2018. Her artwork is published by Wendover Art and hangs in hotels, hospitals, and offices worldwide. Her original paintings are collected both locally and internationally with patrons as far away as Tokyo. She received her BFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, studied lithography at the San Francisco Art Institute, and received her Master's of Art from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.
Christie Abel is an artist by trade and a humanitarian at heart. She is a graphic artist, exhibited photographer, sculptor, project manager, and teacher. In 2006, she was awarded a scholarship to Penland’s School of Craft and Design and 7 years later, she launched Laughing Hands Studios. Her ultimate desire is to spread hope, inspiration, joy, and a sense of worthiness to all of humanity. Christie believes we each have gifts to share and in doing so, we allow our true essence to shine, communities to thrive and a world to unite … as One.
Farah Habib was born in Karachi, Pakistan, grew up in the west but considers home that space between cultures: eastern and western, religious and secular, conservative and liberal. After graduating with a journalism degree, she worked for a USA Today affiliate where she was recognized for her reporting on migrant workers. She earned her master's degree in English and writes creatively about the struggles of being a Pakistani, Muslim American in a post 9/11 world. Her day-to-day work focuses on inculcating a love for literature in her students while her creative writing captures the lived experiences of the hybrid self.
Ella Martinsen Gorham lives and writes in Los Angeles. Her story “Protozoa” was selected for Best American Short Stories 2019. Her fiction has appeared in New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Carve, and she was named a finalist in the 2020 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. She is at work on a collection of stories and a novel.
April - June Residents
Avra Kouffman is a poet and writer who focuses on memoir and creative nonfiction. She is also a features journalist. Originally from New York City, she lived abroad and traveled widely before moving to California in 2005. She currently participates in Laguna Beach's Third Street Writers and, thanks to Zoom, the UK's New River Writers. Her creative pursuits include travel, nature photography, and exploring obscure music.
October - December Residents
Chris Bray is a historian and former newspaper reporter. He has a PhD in history from UCLA, and has written as a freelancer for Bookforum, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. He is the author of a 2016 history of the American military justice system, "Court-Martial: How Military Justice Has Shaped America from the Revolution to 9/11 and Beyond," published by W.W. Norton.
Cole W. Williams is the author of Hear the River Dammed: Poems from the Edge of the Mississippi (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2017) as well as several books for children. Her poems have appeared in Martin Lake Journal, Indolent Books online, Waxing & Waning, Harpy Hybrid Review, WINK, and other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies. Williams is a student in the MFA program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis.
January - March Residents
Christina Clancy's debut novel, The Second Home, was recently published June 2, 2020, and was named the Amazon "Book With Buzz" for June. The novel received a starred review from Booklist, and was named an "Indie Next" pick in June, and was one of ten "Indies Introduce" selections for summer and fall 2020 by the American Bookseller's Association. Her second novel, Shoulder Season, will be published by St. Martins Press in summer 2021.
July - September Residents